Free Family Sundays at Home
Create a Creature Collage
Artist Wangechi Mutu’s Water Woman is a sculpture of a being with the head and torso of a woman and the lower body of a Dugong, a manatee-like sea creature. This piece is inspired by East African folklore about a mermaid-like creature called the Nguva who is said to lure people, especially men, to their doom. When you think of a mermaid, what do you see in your mind? Now take a look at Water Woman. Are there things about this sculpture that are different than what you imagined? If so, what are they? Do you think she is as dangerous as the stories say, or is she just misunderstood?
Writing is a fun way to test your imagination, but finding something to write about can be challenging. To kickstart your creative process, let’s take a look at The Game of Knucklebones by French painter Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. This painting was made 286 years ago and features a young woman playing a game called knucklebones, which is very similar to the game we now call jacks. In this activity, we will use visual clues in the painting to write a story about the young woman in it.
Make a Courage Bracelet
In this activity, we’ll make a courage bracelet that you can wear when you want to feel brave.
Make Your Own Salt Dough
Salt dough is a homemade version of playdough or clay that you can make from common ingredients found in the kitchen. Making your own salt dough can be a fun project for the whole family. Once your salt dough is ready, use your creative skills to make colorful sculptures.
Create a Photo Portrait
In this project, you’ll create photo portraits and learn ways to help the person you are photographing feel comfortable with you. You’ll also get pointers on how to spotlight their personality or interesting details about them.
Yoga uses movement and breathing techniques to connect the mind, body, and spirit. Originating in India, yoga has been practiced in different forms since ancient times. In this exercise, we will highlight three types of yoga by practicing simple poses you can do at home to improve your overall health and mood.
Make a Picture Frame for a Family Photo
Explore your own memories and create a picture frame for a favorite family photo with designs that inspire feelings of joy, connection, and celebration. Are there colors or patterns that remind you of good times with family and friends? Keep these in mind as you create your picture frame.
Meditation is a practice that people use to help them focus and create positive connections between their mind and body. In this meditation, we will focus on finding personal peace and meditate on love and kindness.
Crafting Handmade Beads
Mothers and grandmothers of the Ndebele ethnic group in South Africa make beaded garments and figures by hand for the girls and young women in their families. The bold and intricate patterns they create are Ndebele symbols, lovingly made to showcase a girl’s stage in life.
Make a Miniature Sketchbook
Many artists carry a sketchbook everywhere they go. Your sketchbook is a safe space to express your feelings through drawing, writing, or in any way you choose. Today, we will create a miniature sketchbook small enough to fit in your pocket.
Make a Friendship Mosaic
The ancient city of Antioch, founded about 2,300 years ago, and was home to artists and craftsmen who constructed the famous Antioch Mosaics. To make the mosaics, large pieces of stone were carefully cut into thousands of small squares and arranged by color to create a variety of patterns and images. Download the the project to learn how to make your own mosaic design.
Make a Shaped Canvas
What does it mean to be inspired? When something or someone inspires us, we see things differently. Today’s activity is designed to inspire you to create your own uniquely shaped canvas. Artists use canvases as a surface for drawings and paintings. A traditional canvas is usually a square or rectangle, but imagine the possibilities if you decided it could be any shape that inspired you.
Make an Installation of Feelings
German artist Katharina Grosse makes work that inspires feelings of wonder and curiosity, encouraging people to think differently about themselves and the world around them. Today's project is inspired by Grosse's installation Is It You?
The Guanyin followed the Buddha’s rules for good living and was given the chance to live in Nirvana, a world of never-ending happiness. However, the Guanyin instead chose to stay in this world and help all living creatures through difficult times.
Mindful Listening to Music
It can be hard to stay focused with so many distractions in our lives. Practicing mindful listening as a family can build connections and help family members get in touch with their thoughts and feelings. Today, we will practice mindful listening to music, inspired by the work and musical favorites of artist Valerie Maynard.
Make Your Own Watercolor Dye with Coffee
Did you know that you can make your own dye? Artist Shinique Smith created the sculpture Grace Stands Beside using clothes collected from Baltimore residents. During the process of making her sculptures, she often dyes fabrics to change or enhance their colors. Take an up-close look at the sculpture.
Artists sometimes make their own materials to create a work of art. Using Shinique Smith’s process as inspiration, let's make our own watercolor dye with coffee.
Make a Rain Stick
You can make music with anything! Put your creative skills to use and make your own instrument—a rain stick—using items from around the house.
Soap Carving | The Face of a Pharoah
Over 3,200 years ago, a stone carver in Egypt used a variety of hand tools to sculpt an image of Pharaoh Ramesses II (1303–1213 BCE). He and many other stone carvers worked together to create magnificent relief sculptures on the exterior of buildings in the pharaoh’s city.
You can create your own relief sculpture at home using a good old-fashioned bar of soap. When you're done, wash your hands.
Color Me | Striding Lion
Hi! I am the museum’s 1,600-year-old pet lion. It’s great to meet you. What a long journey—I came from a lost city in present day Turkey that was buried under ground for a long time. Thankfully, archaeologists found me and brought me to the BMA. The original artists made me from tiny squares of colored stones and included some of my friends, favorite fruits, and flowers in the squares around my body.
You can color me in using crayons, colored pencils, pens, or markers. Get creative. Make up your own design or follow the design in the photo.
Get craft ideas and downloadable art projects and be the first to know when the BMA is hosting virtual events for families.